Oregon-Still have mites.need help

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by yoursecret_1, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. yoursecret_1

    yoursecret_1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I dusted the coop and cleaned it well used Red Lake Earth(diatomaceous earth)a few days agoand still havw mites.How long does it take to get rid of them.What else can I do.
     
  2. jhm47

    jhm47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DE will do a pretty good job of suppressing mites and lice, but if you've got a bad infestation, you will need something a bit more aggressive. I would use either Ivermectin or a pyrethrin powder, and spray the nests, roosts, floor and walls with a pyrethrin spray. After that, I'd use the DE to keep the populations down.
     
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree, it takes DE at least 12 hours to dessicate an egg or an adult with the crushed edges of the diatoms. While I use food-grade DE to keep pests out of my coop, I think you need things like Sevin or Dri-Kill to knock them down quickly, then use the DE to condition the coop, roosts, and nest boxes over time.
     
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  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    I concur - I've had a rotten time with mites on my banty b/c she's so short and her feathers always drag. It makes her a perfect host for the cussed things, since she's usually damp on her abdomen. <sigh...>
     
  5. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I remember correctly, the hatch time for mite eggs is around 4-5 days, so you may have to sit tight until the next eggs hatch out. You can kill the adult mites, but the eggs have a thick coating and are immune to DE, pyrethrins, etc.
     
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  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    When I had it, I just used a poultry dust from the feed store once a week for a month to make sure I really really really got the suckers! Then you can use DE to prevent more in the future.
     
  7. yoursecret_1

    yoursecret_1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much Everyone for all your help and time.I just want them gone now.Every time I go to the coop I have to come in and shower.It's driving me nuts.Also worried about my broody ,her eggs should hatch in 5 more days.
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    You don't really have to worry about mites and lice from the birds, they are species specific, so the chickens can have it, get it from other birds, but they won't get you, although you could transfer it to lets' say a household pet bird.
     
  9. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    How are you managing?
    I would think you'd have to re-treat, perhaps several times until you are satisfied you have them knocked down...
     
  10. yoursecret_1

    yoursecret_1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I still have some but is is getting much better.I'll just keep dusting untill there gone.
    Thanks again Everyone.
     

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